n To Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network for relocating its area sales and service center as well as about 30 employees to a downtown Traverse City office. The insurance company has done the same in other Michigan cities, including Lansing, Grand Rapids and downtown Detroit, where 3,000 suburban workers were moved downtown.
n To the National Park Service for organizing an avian botulism task force of volunteers to keep an eye on area bird die-offs. Their volunteer work has been grim and tragic of late. One volunteer found 99 dead loons on a Benzie County beach last week. Another buried 83 dead loons, on another Benzie beach.
n To the Frankfort Film Festival for its 4th annual film festival that started Thursday and ended Sunday. Not only did the festival screen 13 films, including seven foreign films, it also offered an opportunity to show off the art-deco Garden Theatre and the continuing restoration work done by the theater's four owners and its band of dedicated volunteers. Renovations since the last festival include a new $75,000 digital projector, a surround sound system and restoration of a 40-foot-long mural on the back interior all.
n To the Children's House, an independent Montessori school along North Lake Road for its kitchen classroom that chooses six children a week from the lower and upper elementary grades and takes them through the step of washing, preparing, cooking and presenting healthy meals. They also help prepare 60 to 90 lunches a day and snacks for the school's 230 students.
n To Frank Noverr, the 2012 winner of the TART Trails' Jim Mudgett Trail Pioneer Award. Noverr was instrumental in the development of the Leelanau Trail in 1995. More recently, he funded a successful $37,500 challenge match to help reach the $500,000 campaign goal to pave the trail. The Jim Mudgett Award was created to honor and pay tribute to individuals who have shown leadership and passion for local trails.
n To the vandal or vandals who caused the deaths of 5,700 coho salmon at the Platte River Fish Hatchery this month. Workers found 5,130 adult salmon and 570 small jacks, or yearlings, dead in a maturation pond Oct. 5. Investigators found a club, heavy-duty fishing line and large treble hooks near the pond. Hatchery manager Ed Eisch said authorities suspect that someone trying to catch a fish spooked the salmon into blocking a fresh-water source, which deprived them of oxygen.
Editorial: Board's email gyrations can't keep public out
The issue: GT Road Commission buys ipads, sets up own email addresses. Our view: Communications about official business are public, no matter the address.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 04/15/2014
More voices needed.Continued ...
Another View: Tough situation over electrical services
While virtually all cities in northeastern Kentucky provide their residents with some utility services —water and sewer, mainly, and sometimes natural gas — to the best of our knowledge, Olive Hill is the only town in the FIVCO?region with its own electrical company.Continued ...
To Traverse City Central and Traverse City West high schools for ranking among the most challenging high schools in the state and nation, based on the Washington Post’s annual rankings.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 04/14/2014
Gains nothing; Negate Citizens United; Install sidewalks.Continued ...
- Sunday, April 13, 2014
Editorial: Public must have major say in coal dock's future
Now that the decision of what’s going to happen to the old coal dock property on West Bay is with the Traverse City commission, it’s time for the city, the public and local advocacy groups to talk about how best to keep the property in public hands and accessible to the maximum number of people.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 04/13/2014
Hope for rubels; Why like the old plan.Continued ...
Forum: Public-access TV just grows stronger
By now, Charter cable television customers are well aware of the company’s recent switch to an all-digital platform.Continued ...
Jack Lessenberry: Roster almost set for both sides
Remarkably, seven months before the November elections, both Michigan Democrats and Republicans have the main candidates on their statewide tickets virtually all in place.Continued ...
George Weeks: Stirrings in statewide, congressional races
There were interesting stirrings last week in Michigan’s gubernatorial, U.S. Senate, and northern congressional races:Continued ...
- Saturday, April 12, 2014
Letters to the Editor: 04/12/2014
Happier, healthier; Better than gridlock.Continued ...
Another View: Unions don’t belong in collegiate athletics
College basketball fans are currently hanging on the results and emotions of March Madness. But that phrase is only a slight exaggeration of the recent ruling from a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board which, if upheld, will launch Big Labor into a new arena: college sports.Continued ...
Another View: Protections needed with dangers lurking
Hardly a week goes by without multiple stories ... detailing the arrests, court proceedings, convictions or sentencings of individuals involved in sex crimes against children or young teens.Continued ...
Fact Check: Eric Cantor, the fry cook and the whopper
Did you hear the story about President Obama and the fry cook? House Majority Leader Eric Cantor did, but he got it wrong.Continued ...
Obama: More young adults covered
President Barack Obama touted the success of the Affordable Care Act after 7 million people enrolled in coverage on the marketplaces by the March 31 deadline. "Despite several lost weeks out of the gate because of problems with the website, 7.1 milliContinued ...
- Friday, April 11, 2014
Editorial: Recent BATA changes put accountability first
The Bay Area Transportation Authority is undergoing some needed accountability changes that should improve service to some while rewarding others for playing by the rules.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 04/11/2014
Enabling the homeless.Continued ...
Forum: TC can't get bed tax, visitors centers can
I am writing to comment on the March 29 Another View: “Local tax a local windfall” about Franklin County in New York state seeking state approval to impose a bed tax on hotels and motels in that county, and your Online Poll question asking readers whether such a tax is a good idea.Continued ...
- Thursday, April 10, 2014
Letters to the Editor: 04/10/2014
Makes problem worse; Let tourists join in; A positive influence.Continued ...
- Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Letters to the Editor: 04/09/2014
No need to name school; Much ado about nothing.Continued ...
Another View: Expedite appeals on same-sex marriage issue
If there’s anything Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and the advocacy groups pushing to legalize same-sex marriage in the state can agree on, it’s that the judicial system should make a decision on this emotional and divisive issue quickly.Continued ...
Another View: Financial failings in education create concerns
We think it’s safe to say that taxpayers have high expectations of public school systems.Continued ...
- Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Editorial: Road Commission can't pretend there isn't work
The issue: GT Road Commission lays off 17 as it gives raises to others. Our view: There’s no lack of potholes to be filled.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 04/08/2014
Pressure-check pipelines.Continued ...
Another View: Be prepared, ready for severe weather
Gov. Rick Snyder has declared April 6 through April 12 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Michigan.Continued ...
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